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Disparity in graduation rates for bowl-bound teams

The average graduation success rate for African-American football players at the bowl-bound schools is 65 percent compared to 84 percent for whites, according to the annual report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

No. 19 Florida edges No. 13 Kansas 67-61

Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 and No. 19 Florida held on to beat No. 13 Kansas 67-61 on Tuesday night.

Blues edge Jets 2-1

Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal at 16 minutes, 58 seconds of the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Balanced Illinois defeats Dartmouth 72-65

Illinois didn't play quite as rough as it did in its last home game, a 57-55 escape against Indiana Purdue-Fort Worth on Nov. 29, but the Illini still have some ragged edges in their game.

Reigning Olympic skating champ out of Sochi Games

Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi. After two months of aggressive treatment, doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.

UPDATE: U.S. to play Germany and Ghana at World Cup

The United States will play Germany and Ghana in the first round of next year's World Cup, facing the nations that eliminated the Americans from the last three tournaments.

Missouri alum set to make first career start with Rams

Rams center Tim Barnes is set to make his first career start Sunday at Arizona in place of injured Scott Wells.

Michigan State men suffer first loss

J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season.

Prosecutor: Sex investigation of Florida State QB over

The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said they have "exhausted all investigate tools." There will be a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday to announce the findings.

Dropped passes a problem for stumbling Chiefs

The Chiefs have finally started to put up some offense the last three weeks, but an issue of bobbled balls and dastardly drops has kept them from putting more points on the board — maybe even kept them from becoming the first NFL team to start 9-0 and then lose three straight.

After long season, task is simple for Buckeyes

It might seem as if the pressure just keeps building and building on No. 2 Ohio State. That's not really the case.

NFL fines Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000

The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 on Wednesday for interfering with Baltimore's Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return in the third quarter of a 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.

Lindsey Vonn: Knee 'stable' after World Cup training run

Closing in on competing for the first time in 10 months, Lindsey Vonn was pleased to be back on the elite ski racing scene Wednesday, completing a safe training run and declaring her surgically repaired right knee "stable."

Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction

The auction began Nov. 20 and closes Saturday. As of Monday, it had received 15 bids, with the highest at nearly $209,000.

West Virginia drubs Loyola (Md.) 96-47

Remi Dibo scored a career-high 19 points and four of his teammates chipped in with double figures and West Virginia ripped Loyola (Md.) 96-47 Monday night in a nonconference game.

Another week, another must-win game for Buckeyes

The second-ranked Buckeyes escaped Michigan Stadium with a 42-41 victory on Saturday and face another must-win game this week against Michigan State.

US Hockey Hall of Fame inductions held

Doug Weight and Bill Guerin began their friendship before they were in the NHL and grew closer while playing together for the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders.

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas on Hall of Fame ballot

There are 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

No set date for decision on Johnny Manziel's future

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says he doesn't know when Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will decide whether to enter the 2014 NFL draft.

Defense may hold key to season for Kansas men's basketball

There are few things that Kansas coach Bill Self loves more than playing defense. But he also loves a roster full of NBA-caliber talent on his team, and sometimes it's hard for those two loves to coexist.

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